As a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I have been exposed to career options that I didn’t know were possible. I have listed a few career options and what kind of person would be a perfect fit for them. Hopefully this guide will open your eyes to a possible fashion job for you.
1. Buyer. This job requires a person to be knowledgeable in retail math and business. You must know the inventory of the store and be prepared to attend meetings, showroom exhibits and keep track of apparel and accessories orders. A perfect person for this job is business-savvy, a good communicator, and organized.
2. Trend Forecaster. This job can be used at a magazine, store, company, or design house. It requires you to have a background in textiles, fashion industry and culture. You must know fashion cycles and research how they have been repeated in history and when they will reoccur in society again. Also, this job is used to guide designers to produce clothes that will sell. A perfect candidate needs to be good at researching and computer skills.
3. Textiles Manufacturer. In this occupation, you receive finished fabrics (sewn, dyed and ready for garments or furnishings) and do multiple tests on them to prepare the fabrics for whatever season they will be sold in. For example, waterproof apparel in spring or wool sweaters in winter. This job requires a lot of lab time and detailed work. A perfect candidate needs to know characteristics of fibers and yarns as well as a seasonal necessities to make sure the customer is satisfied with what they’re purchasing.
4. Visual Merchandiser. In this job, a person is required to create the layout of the store as well as the window displays. They need to know inventory and what product sells best in order to properly design the store to get the customer to buy products. The window display needs to be eye-catching and offer the newest product as well. A perfect candidate would be a person who is very creative, has a back ground in art and knows the brand very well.
5. Brand Manager. The job is very important, because these people are the key component in creating a signature product. They’re responsible to improve the product and get it out to the public. A perfect candidate must have a background in advertising and marketing and be a great communicator.
Hopefully, some of these career ideas helped and gave you the push to look into other possibilities. Good luck out there, future fashionistas.
What other careers are you interested in?